Beyond Appearances

February 26 – March 25, 2015
OPENING: February 26, 5-8 pm

Beyond Appearances February 26 – March 25, 2015

Opening reception February 26, 5-8pm

Lis Bailly – Photographer

More of an intuitive explorer of the natural world than a skilled technical photographer, for me it is about following the light and finding something interesting in an everyday place. Sometimes it is a quick response to amazing colour or the changing moods of sea and sky. Often it is an abstract composition that captures my attention. Photography is a meditation on the ways of seeing.  It has less to do with the thing you see and everything to do with the way you see it.  I believe that the digital world is experiencing a convergence with more traditional painterly approaches. The New Horizon series, first
shown in 2011, was a breakthrough for me – a perspective informed by landscape but distilled into something more abstract.  In this exhibition, Beyond Appearances, the work is directly inspired by natural colours and textures of beach, forest, pond, as well as the urban environment. These photographs often exhibit graphic elements such as lines, spaces, grids, patterns, and sometimes identification and scale are ambiguous. I refer to this ongoing series, or point of view, as ‘abstracts discovered in nature’.  The larger pieces are very recent work which I informally call ‘the paper series’. The creative process is more like the making an abstract painting – from concept to folding, photographing and colourizing. The final digital images still retain the illusion of ‘paperness’, yet a transformation into another state has occurred.  Some say we only see what we want to see, what we already know.  But it is also possible that we can be opened to deeper meaning, that all understanding is revealed through metaphor.


Lis Erling Bailly
Born and raised in St. Catherines, Ontario, I’ve lived in Victoria since 1976.  My education includes a BA in Fine Art from Guelph University/Concordia University (1975). I am an Honorary Graduate of the Victoria College of Art (1981). In my career as a graphic designer and art director, my experience covers a broad spectrum of design disciplines – all kinds of print materials, book design, ad campaigns, museum exhibitions, branding, as well as web design.
Like many other creatives, I have been making a few paintings and taking some photographs along the way…always wishing there was time to do more. This now seems actually possible.

Recent Exhibitions
2013 Looking Back: The Art of Nostalgia, Vermont Photoplace Gallery
2012 Attachments: New Photography, McPherson Playhouse, Victoria
2011 New Horizons: Solo Exhibition, Luz Gallery, Victoria

This book of original photography, with a few words and quotes, is dedicated to the jewel in the Salish Sea, Savary Island. Off the grid and ‘a little out there’, this island paradise holds a special place in the hearts of those who migrate here. A meditation on island time for islomanes everywhere.
Earthsongs: A second photobook series is available spring 2015.